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Georgia Legislators Propose New Education Improvement Plan to Assist Low-Performing Schools

My initial impression is that this "plan B" school improvement plan (as opposed to Governor Deal's Opportunity School District) is better, but I would like to know what indicators the Chief Turnaround Office will be using to determine which schools are "low-performing."

Choose your school . . .as long as you can get yourself there

I think that the evidence is compelling that if a school choice program does not address transportation, then it is likely to provide greater benefits to those who already enjoy so many while practically excluding many people who may already be a step behind.

Teachers, Merit Pay, & Wage Increases

The point is that this employee in the private sector would be making a livable wage to begin with, and she would be able to receive a financial reward for high performance. Teachers need to be paid a salary competitive with the private sector, and if the state chooses, they could award teachers “bonuses” based on their effectiveness in the classroom or their additional involvement within the life of the school.

Update on Governor Deal’s 2017 Education Agenda

After the sound defeat of the Opportunity School District (the Georgia Constitutional amendment to allow the state to take over failing schools) in this past November’s referendum, Governor Nathan Deal is going to have an uphill battle when it comes... Continue Reading →

Not Just Another Article on School Takeover

The lack of the above-mentioned items is why many of our schools are failing. The schools that are marked as “failing,” are, in many ways, indicators of where we as a society have failed our schools. We spend millions of public dollars on sports stadiums, economic tax breaks for corporations, and bloated bureaucratic nonsense.

A Breakdown of SB 364 – Quality Basic Education Act

It's rare to see such unity between the Democrats and the Republicans, yet during this legislative session, never have I been more proud of our majority Republican State Senate and State House of Representatives. I applaud both parties and chambers for... Continue Reading →

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